A man has been jailed for 14 months and banned from driving for three years after he was stopped by officers from the Roads Policing Unit who were carrying out routine drink drive checks.
Police attempted to stop Matthew Quant, 30, on the A24 at Buckbarn, near Horsham, on Friday, December 21, 2012, after they suspected him of driving whilst over the limit. But instead of pulling over, he dangerously drove a BMW saloon to get away from the police vehicle.
Officers followed Quant, from Crowhurst Crescent in Storrington, in a controlled pursuit until it was brought to a halt near Adversane Lane, some 30 minutes later.
He was arrested and subsequently charged with driving with excess alcohol, dangerous driving, using a vehicle with no insurance and failing to stop for police.
Appearing at Hove Crown Court on Friday (8 February) Quant pleaded guilty to all offences. Due to the manner of driving that put himself, his passengers and other road users at risk, he was banned for three years for dangerous driving, banned for three years for driving with excess alcohol, ordered to take an extended driving test and sentenced to a 14 month custodial sentence.
PC John Lawson, from the Sussex Police Roads Policing Unit, said: “This driver was willing to put himself and others at risk by drinking and driving, then he deliberately drove dangerously in order to try and escape.
“This sentence reflects the severity of the offences Quant committed. The Sussex Police Roads Policing Unit works tirelessly together with its partners to promote safe driving and educate drivers, but this sentence shows that where people are willing to put other road users at risk, there will be serious consequences.”
Anyone witnessing dangerous or anti-social driving can report it to police via the Operation Crackdown website at www.operationcrackdown.org or calling police on 101.